April 21, 2006
Stockton, Calif. - No. 1 Cal State Fullerton's Wes Roemer was masterful from the bump, surrendering just three hits in a complete-game, 8-1 victory over Pacific in a Big West Conference baseball game at the Tigers' new Klein Family Field Friday afternoon.
The Titans, just the second team to visit Pacific's new confines, handed the Tigers their first loss there and improved to 29-10 overall on the season and a league-best 6-1 in conference play. The Tigers drop to 22-14 overall and slip to one game below .500 at 3-4 in the Big West.
Roemer (8-1) faced just three hitters over the minimum and used just over 100 pitches to earn his second complete game of the season in tying teammate Lauren Gagnier for the conference lead in wins with eight.
The Tigers were a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, as Matt Berezey, Anthony Jackson and Ramon Glasgow were the only players to reach base against the Titan ace. Berezay singled in the first and was stranded at second as Roemer struck out Glasgow to end the first. Jackson touched the Titan righty for the only run of the day as he homered down the right field line to pull the Tigers within 1 run at 2-1. Glasgow later doubled and was left at second as Roemer struck out two more of his eight strikeouts on the day in the bottom of the seventh. Roemer retired 18 of the last 19 hitters of the game and again did not issue a walk while lowering his ERA to 1.46.
The Titans scored two in the second, three in the sixth and two in the seventh, all off Tiger starter Luke Massetti (5-4), who was tagged with the loss. Dorn fared the best off the right-hander, touching him for a pair of doubles and a home run in just his fourth game back to the starting lineup. Brandon Tripp, Justin Turner and John Curtis also collected a pair of hits to add to the parade of Titan base runners.
Additionally, Blake Davis, Turner and Cooper each drove in a run to round out the Titan offense in the two-hour, 21 minute affair.
The two teams will play game two of the three-game series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with Gagnier going to the hill for the Titans in search of his ninth win of 2006.
NOTES: Wes Roemer, who is averaging just under 1 ½ hit batters per start, did not hit a batter on Friday afternoon, only the third time in 12 starts that has happened...Brandon Tripp, Evan Mc Arthur and John Curtis, the Titans' No. 7-, 8-, and 9-hitters, went a combined 7-for-12 (.583) on Friday afternoon... David Cooper, playing in his hometown, went hitless, but had a SAC bunt and a scoring fly ball in his first time to Pacific as a freshman...Despite walking two in his last start, upping his season-total to three, Roemer still has almost a 30:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (88:3). George Horton ties former Titan head coach Augie Garrido with 176 Big West Conference Wins, placing him tied for 3rd all-time in the leagues record book.